Music has been and will always be a very important aspect of my life. It amazes me that there is a perfect song to fit my every mood, and believe me, those moods change pretty fast. Accompanying music, literature is something that allows me to live a new life, experience a different time period, even travel the world - all within a few hundred pages.
July 17, 2016 • Beauty, Foundation, Skincare
I've spoken about this before, but I'd like to address it further. I pretty much despise wearing foundation. True, I probably have not tried all there is to try, and I'm sure if I really went around sampling every foundation Sephora, Ulta, drugstores, and department stores have to offer, I'd find something I like. However, over the past couple years I've grown comfortable in my own skin (with the help of some other products...).
When first experimenting with makeup, I was a huge supporter of piling on as much as possible. My first foundation love was a low coverage one from Bobbi Brown that's since been discontinued, but is most similar to the Moisture Rich Foundation. Although I didn't really need it, I slathered this on my face with the addition of heavy concealer and powder (I know, we've all been there). I later moved on to the Nars Sheer Glow Foundation, obviously on recommendation of the big beauty bloggers of 2013. This was great for some time, but as foundations do, it became old and I became bitter about having to buy a new one, and alas, did not repurchase. I dabbled with drugstore finds for a while, such as the Covergirl Stay Fabulous, L'oreal True Match, L'oreal Infallible Pro-Matte, and Rimmel Match Perfection. I eventually grew tired or disliked all of these, and here we are now.
One major problem I had with most of these foundations is that no matter what I applied underneath them, they always sunk into the laugh lines around my mouth and essentially gave me wrinkles. A teenager with wrinkles is really just not an attractive look, therefore after months of frustration, I opted for improving my skin tone and texture with skincare instead of foundation. Here's what I've come to know and love:
Skincare needs to work for you. Just because your best friend or your favorite vlogger uses something, that doesn't mean it's going to be perfect for you. Everyone has different skin that reacts uniquely to what's applied to it. Finding the right products for you takes time and patience, but it's all worth it. For my recommendations (I have combo skin), check out my skincare posts here, here, here, and here. At a glance, favorites are The Body Shop's Tea Tree line, Simple Micellar Cleansing Water, and Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel. With the help of great skincare, you can lighten dark spots, therefore making your skin tone more even, something foundation typically takes care of.
Primer and concealer can take you very far. There have been lots of these two that I've used until the very last drop. To minimize pores, Benefit Porefessional is a classic goodie, but for a cheaper option I'm a fan of the NYX Pore Filler. For something more basic, check out Rimmel Fix & Perfect for a cheapie and Clinique Superprimer or Smashbox Photo Finish for something more high-end. I've always wanted to give the Too Faced Hangover Primer a shot as well. These will help improve the appearance of your skin without giving you cake-face or make you look like you're wearing a mask.
Concealers have come in and out as well, each being used for a different concern. Bobbi Brown Corrector is my favorite for under eye bags, but second place has to go to Benefit Erase Paste and It Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye. All-around standouts are Nars Radiant Creamy and Maybelline Fit Me. The Tarte CC Under Eye Corrector and Urban Decay Naked Concealer are my next two to try. It's important to place these only in the areas that you need them. The easy way out would be applying them pretty much everywhere to hide the fact that you're not wearing foundation, but remember - you don't need to cover everything, just your few trouble areas. I like to focus on my under eyes, around my nose, and any leftover acne marks.
Occasionally if I need my makeup to last longer, I'll apply a light layer of powder, something like the Rimmel Stay Matte (shade translucent) or one of the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powders (I love shade Dim Light). It's crucial not to pile this on, or else things get majorly cakey, and will completely cancel out the natural quality of your foundation-less skin. I also focus this only on the areas I applied concealer, not my entire face.
One last thing to remember is that it takes time to develop confidence in your own skin, but it's also perfectly okay to wear foundation. Whatever empowers you is what you should follow. To me, feeling like my natural skin is showing through makes me feel much more confident now, especially when paired with other makeup that I love, like crazy eyeshadow or bright lipstick. If you're taking the path that I do, don't forget to remind yourself that your skin is beautiful, and you don't need to hide it.
Have you tried going foundation-free?
If you wear foundation, what's your favorite?
It nearly broke my heart to hear that my favorite cleanser for the past year and a half, The Body Shop Tea Tree Cool & Creamy Face Wash, is being possibly discontinued. I wrote a review on it a while back when I was just beginning to see how wonderful it is, so naturally I had some minor panic attacks when I went to Ulta to pick up a new one, and couldn't find it anywhere.
I obviously needed something to wash my face with, so I used the first thing I found in my house: Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser. Although this doesn't do anything magical to your skin, it's great for simple cleansing, and because it's so gentle, my face didn't react harshly to a change in my skincare lineup. I'd recommend using a gentle cleanser no matter what, but especially if you're trying to change over to a different product or formula.
Once I realized that I needed to be using something a little more powerful than Cetaphil, I went back to The Body Shop's Tea Tree line to see what was most similar. I decided on their Foaming Cleanser, which basically has the same properties as my old fave, except that instead of being a cool cream cleanser, it's a regular foam. The price is not much different, and the bottles are about the same size.
After using this guy for a few weeks, I have noticed that my old acne marks are beginning to fade again, which is one of the main reasons I love using tea tree oil products. My face also feels very fresh and clean after using it. However, this cleanser hasn't done as great of a job at preventing spots, which has been slightly frustrating. The last bothersome thing is that because of the different formulas, I don't think the foaming one would be as great in the winter, considering it's much more drying. I don't mind much now, with my skin being extra oily, but I can't see myself loving this come the colder months.
Alas, my attempt at finding something to replace my #1 cleanser love has not been fully successful. I will finish the bottle, but this isn't something I could see myself using and repurchasing year-round. Lastly, if by chance you're having the quandary as me, one cleanser I've loved in the past is the First Aid Beauty Face Cleanser, which is gentle and non-drying.
What's your favorite cleanser?
How do you deal with having a favorite product discontinued?